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 Agriprotein - Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash 
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Post Agriprotein - Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
From allAfrica.com (link)

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"The world urgently needs new and sustainable sources of protein for livestock and fish feed. We have found a perfect alternative. It is called Magmeal and it is made of maggots. It is not particularly a very attractive topic but the product is natural and what chickens eat in the wild."...

... "The fly is king at Agriprotein's pilot plant near Cape Town. The production process starts with breeding stock flies in 22 sterile cages, each holding over 750 000 flies. A single female fly can lay between 750 to over 1 000 eggs per week, which will then hatch into larvae. Larvae go through three life stages in a 72-hour period, and are harvested just becoming pupae. The harvested larvae are then dried on a fluidised bed dryer, milled into flake form and packed according to customers' preferences."
That's probably a misquote about 'eggs per week' (as I understand it a single female lays eggs once then dies) but still a good article.

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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Probably a misnomer about "sterile breeding cages" too! Clean? Probably. Sanitary? Maybe. Sterile? no way!


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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Please remember guys, in this article Agriprotein are talking about Houseflies - Musca domestica, and Green Bottle Flies - Lucilia sericata - not Black Soldier Flies.


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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Thanks for the clarification PeteB. It appears they are attempting to do some work with BSF as the article includes this quote from David Drew of Agriprotein Technologies:

"The Sanergy toilet provides about 30kgs of faeces when it is full. We take that out and put eggs on it, grow black soldier fly larvae, which is slightly different from other flies, ..."

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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
PeteB wrote:
Please remember guys, in this article Agriprotein are talking about Houseflies - Musca domestica, and Green Bottle Flies - Lucilia sericata - not Black Soldier Flies.

This article is a bit better on clarifying which species are being used in the different operations:
Maggots are Turf over Surf animal feed alternative (link)

"AgriProtein Technologies was also conducting research for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in using the wasp-like Black Soldier fly to clean up pit latrines in African slums.

The experiment is seen having multiple benefits: Black Soldier flies lay their eggs on human excrement, and their larvae feed off this, leaving an odourless residue that can be used for fertiliser. The larvae can also be commercialised as protein, in the same way as house fly maggots.

"The idea being that the small entrepreneur can make a third of his money off the municipality by cleaning up the shit in the slum, a third of his money from larvae and a third of his money from fertiliser," said Drew."

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PeteB wrote:
Please remember guys, in this article Agriprotein are talking about Houseflies - Musca domestica, ...
Here's another operation using House Flies. This time it's for manure processing at a Japanese pig farm. The presenter mentions that it cost over $100,000 to set it up for this one farm which seems very expensive.



Thanks go to juan carlos for the link posted on the blog (link).

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Another article on AgriProtein (link)

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As AgriProtein grows, it will use different flies for different forms of waste. For blood, the house fly family. For meatier "carcase crush", blowflies; and for vegetative waste, the black soldier fly.


I found this bit interesting too as I've had problems before with BSF drowning:

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They learned that flies, which have a powerful need for moisture, drown with ease. Not just in the buckets of water they initially placed in the fly cages, but because they are hygroscopic - able to attract water molecules from the environment - they can even drown on a wet towel.

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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
More about AgriProtein this time in conjunction with Stellenbosch University (link) and (link). As per previous posts above they appear to be primarily conducting the mass-rearing of housefly and blowfly larvae into animal feed with some research on BSF. There's an interesting photo of using plastic straws as egg traps for BSF.

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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
BorealWormer wrote:

"AgriProtein Technologies was also conducting research for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in using the wasp-like Black Soldier fly to clean up pit latrines in African slums.

The experiment is seen having multiple benefits: Black Soldier flies lay their eggs on human excrement, and their larvae feed off this, leaving an odourless residue that can be used for fertiliser. The larvae can also be commercialised as protein, in the same way as house fly maggots.

"The idea being that the small entrepreneur can make a third of his money off the municipality by cleaning up the shit in the slum, a third of his money from larvae and a third of his money from fertiliser," said Drew."


Now I know what to do with the waste from my illegal composting toilet :lol:


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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
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Now I know what to do with the waste from my illegal composting toilet :lol:

I've considered trying to incorporate BSFL into an indoor toilet system. It seems like it would be pretty easy since the colony would be climate controlled by default. Hmmm, maybe a new thread... :)

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An audio interview (mp3 file) with Jason Drew of AgriProtein Technologies who has written a book "The Story of the Fly and How It Could Save the World"

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/c ... 646127.htm

With thanks to kathrynivey77 (link) for the link.

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Many more links to stories about "eco-capitalist" Jason Drew on his site:

http://jasonjdrew.com/default.asp?CPH_ID=1743

and a TED Talk


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Post Re: Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Africa has more than enough diseases, most of which could probably be transmitted by non-BSF flies. They need to look at the BIG picture, not just the corner of a little snapshot.

This could really work with BSF in warmer climates.

*I* have to start with being able to keep them alive! :evil:

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Post Re: Agriprotein - Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
An article on SciDev.Net (link)

"Award winning 'maggot feed' production gears up

South African business ArgiProtein scales up production of its maggot-based animal feed

The company won this year's US$100,000 Innovation Prize for Africa

It is also investigating antibiotic activity in enzymes from fly larvae"

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2013 October 4 article from theguardian.com (link)

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Plan to rear flies on industrial scale for making fish food

Flies will be fattened on organic waste in a factory to produce larvae feed for farmed fish

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Post Re: Agriprotein - Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Another article on AgriProtein (link) this time from abc.net.au/news in Australia. Some excerpts:

A new fly farm initiative is setting the international agricultural industry abuzz
QLD Country Hour
Andy Toulson
Updated June 17, 2014 12:50:24

An Australian agricultural company is in on the ground floor of what will be, on a per head basis, the world's biggest farm.

It will contain about 8.5 billion head .... of flies. ...

Agriprotein is leading a new industry called 'nutrient recycling'; using fly larvae, fed on abundant waste nutrient sources, the company has developed and tested a new large scale and sustainable source of natural protein.

The company has secured US$11 million in funding, to build the two fly farms, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among those supporting development of the technology.


There's also an audio interview (link) "Twynam Group director Johnny Kahlbetzer talks about a new fly farm initiative setting the international agricultural industry abuzz "

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Post Re: Agriprotein - Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Wow - great projects.

I'm off to google to Japanese pig farm - we had come across the maggot meal chicken feed (and that's what it's called, using "maggot meal" just transliterated, not translated, so it doesn't sound as dreadful in Japanese, though everytime I hear it I cringe) and that's what initially set us looking into flies and then eventually the bsf.

I just thought I'd add to the comment about the expense of the Japanese pig farm system - it looks like a pretty comprehensive system, so not just the bsf system but also processing and packaging, so with the dehydrator and all of the other equipment and facility costs I can imagine it adding up. 

ETA: Having just looked up the company, they really do seem to have a pretty good scale processing plant set up, processing and pretty impressively marketing both the larvae and the...wait...I know this word...frass? as well as having gotten the frass fertilizer certified as an organic soil amendment, and having done so not so very far outside of Tokyo so costs probably not low.


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Post Re: Agriprotein - Africa: Turning Maggots Into Cash
Bloomberg article (link)

Fly Farm Built in Cape Town as Maggot Meal Replaces Soy
By Mike Cohen 2014-07-10T13:12:23Z

"The world’s largest commercial fly farm, which will harvest maggots from about 8.5 billion of the insects housed in giant cages, is under construction near Cape Town...

The farms will be stocked with common houseflies, black soldier flies and blowflies, which consume most forms of organic waste."

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